Web Application Development Build
Knoxweb will begin executing the build-out of an approved concept
Mapping the right web application development process flow is key to success for a project of any size. Despite the fact that the development of a web-based app is pretty similar to a regular desktop application, it has a few distinct differences that can impact the overall process and make it more complex in some aspects.
Web Application Development Process:
The creation of web applications requires a process, creating a great web app requires a strong one.
Complete discovery of project scope, needs and focus:
The first step aims to give an overview of the problem you want to be solved and/or your needs. If the needs aren't well understood it will lead to a failure in building a web app that aims to serve the purpose. The following questions have to be answered once this first step is done:
- What are the underlying needs behind the the future application?
- What problems should this app solve?
- What needs to the application fill? What will be the impact on your business?
- How will the app be used?
- What could be the consequences of the delay in building the app for your business?
Research of industry, target market and user experience:
Technical research for software and web application development is initiated during the previous process but most of the research is finished after mapping initial requirements of the project.
The research phase of web application development includes finding suitable front end and back end development frameworks.
This also includes finding how the project architecture will be designed to eliminate the possibility of critical issues that may occur later in the web application development process as well as how the data will be handled through APIs in web applications.
Wireframes sketch of app interfaces and modules:
At this stage, of the website development cycle, the we create the data that allows you to judge how the entire site looks.
Based on the information that was gathered in the previous phase, the sitemap is created.
The sitemap should describe the relations between the main areas of your website. Such representation could help understand how the final product will be. It can show you the "relationship" between the different pages of a website, so you can judge how easy it will be for the end-user to find the required information or service if he starts from the main page. The main reason behind sitemap creation is to build a user-friendly and easy to navigate website.
The sitemap allows you to understand how the inner structure of a website looks like but doesn't describe the user interface. Sometimes, before we start to code or even work on a design, there's a necessity to get approval from you so that everything looks fine and we can begin the next phase of developing. In this case, a wireframe or mock-up is created. A wireframe is a visual representation of the user interface that we are going to create. It doesn't contain any design elements, such as colors, logos, etc. It only describes the elements that will be added to the page and their location.
UI Mockup Design:
This stage of the design process is where we work through all of our ideas for the app and single out all of the ideas with potential.
This stage allows our UI designers to test and iterate on our ideas quickly and cheaply, and to get a sign off from you to move onto the next step.
As screen mockups are made right after basic wire-framing and before interaction is added, they're often referred to as mid-fidelity. Screen mockups can be identified by their visual sophistication but total lack of interactivity. If you're presented with an amazing looking set of screens that are 100% static, you're looking at a screen mockup.
Decisions about fonts, color schemes, brand assets, content layout and navigation patterns will be worked out in a screen mockup. In other words, the mockup takes the bare-bones wireframe and dresses it up in some fancy looking clothes.
Think of these static screen mockups as the connective tissue between wireframes and prototypes and their importance becomes a lot more clearer. By using screen mockups to iron out visual ideas, our UI designers free themselves up in other design stages to focus on functionality, hierarchy, and UX.
UI and UX Test APP for testing on client’s devices:
This stage is where we present to you a test version of your app so you can see how it works on the end-user side of things. This also is a great opportunity to get crucial feedback on user experience or interface issues before we actually launch the app to the public.
User experience testing is the process of testing different aspects of user experience to determine the best way for a web app and its elements to interact with its audience.
These test apps should communicate to users and respond to what the user does.
These are a faithful representation of the finished product, including interactivity. This is essential for testing, developing on the design, and ultimately getting your approval before an official launch.
Revisions of test app to meet client’s approval:
For this stage, we take all of your test app feedback into account and finalize the designs. If there are no edits to make, we will skip this step and move onto delivering the assets to you.
Deliver source code and supporting database to client:
This stage is a bit self-explanatory as we are sending you all of the files, source codes, and supporting database information and assets before the official launch of the app. Everything is working the way you want it to. You now have a backup of all the files for your records and in case there is ever any edits or re-vamps needed to be done.
Once every feature in a given release was validated and all the bugs reported are fixed, the Launch phase can start. It may be a first launch or deployment of the new release. This is the moment when the web application will run in it's real environment.
Some behaviors only appear in a production environment such as load balancer performance. It is important to allow time for support and maintenance in order to fix any bugs or performance issues that are discovered after the application went live.
New ideas for extensions may appear once the application is up and running. The post-production phase is the best moment to talk about other needs.
Always keep in mind that the Web Application Development process doesn't start with coding and doesn't end after the day you finally launch. The post-launch period is rather significant. Your project should be agile and flexible enough to have a possibility to change your application according to users' feedback or spirit of the time. Keeping in mind that there's no such thing as an insignificant development phase will prevent you rom unexpected troubles and give you confidence that everything flows as it should, and you have full control over the project.